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Police Chief, Mayor Apologize For Lack Of Communication

Police Chief, Mayor Apologize For Lack Of Communication Click to Enlarge Photo: Black Lives Matter Minneapolis

Mar 20, 2017 at 3:42 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Police Chief Janee Harteau say the need for better communications is their main takeaway from a Justice Department review of how their city handled 18 days of protests outside a police station in 2015.

The protests were over the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark.

The 24-year-old Clark was black and he died in a confrontation with two white officers.

Hodges said at a news conference that her communications with citizens about their strategy for a negotiated settlement to end the occupation peacefully came up short, and she apologized.

The report also found there was a breakdown in the Police Department's internal communications during the crisis, leaving officers at the station frustrated with the lack of clear orders and inconsistent direction.

Harteau told reporters the big lesson learned is "communication, communication, communication" across all levels in the department

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